Directed by Terri Ella • Documentary • 2015 • 52 minutes
Snaking north through eastern South Africa, the Mpumalanga Escarpment is dotted by mysterious stone structures-stone-lined roads, terraces, and the nested circular patterns-left behind by a now-vanished civilization.
FORGOTTEN WORLD features an interdisciplinary team of researchers who have devoted more than a decade to uncovering the truth about these stone walls, discovering they were built by a people known as the Bakoni, who moved into the area from the south and thrived from 1500 to 1820.
"With vivid immediacy, this film brings the excitement of investigating a long-lost society to the screen... This is ethnographic/historical archaeological filmmaking at its best."—Deborah James, Professor of Social Anthropology at the London School of Economics